ELF: Frankfurt Galaxy re-sign Latvian DL Karlis Brauns

Defending European League of Football champions, the Frankfurt Galaxy, have announced the signing of Latvian defensive end Karlis Brauns.

The 29-year-old, 6’5, 270-pound native of Riga rejoins the Galaxy after finishing the 2023 regular season with eight sacks, 35 total tackles and 10 TFL. The Galaxy finished second in the ELF West behind the Rhein Fire and reached the wild card playoffs where they were ousted by the Berlin Thunder.

He spent 2022 training camp with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. He had stood out at the 2022 CFL Global Combine thanks to a stunning workout which saw him churn out a very smooth 29 reps on the bench press.

In 2021, Brauns helped the Wroclaw Panthers reach the European League of Football semifinals after an outstanding season which saw him lead all defensive linemen in tackles and reach the top five in sacks with nine. He played in 95% of all defensive snaps for the Panthers and was also the sole European representative on the American all-star team that faced the ELF All Star team at the end of the year.

He was a two-year participant at the NFL International Combine in 2020 and 2019 and spent the 2019 season playing for the Hildesheim Invaders in the German Football League helping the team reach the playoffs. He finished the year as the team’s fourth leading tackler with 54, including 17 tackles for loss and topped the Invaders with eight sacks. The year before with the Cologne Crocodiles he had 38 tackles including 13 tackles for loss as well as five sacks. He had spent the early part of the 2018 season with his hometown Riga Lions in Latvia, helping them become Baltic League champions.

Brauns has also played for Finland’s Kotka Eagles (2017) and the Belgrade Blue Dragons in Serbia.

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